Social Studies Program
Philosophy of Social Studies Education
(in accordance with the vision of National Council for the Social Studies)
The major content areas of social studies - history, economics, geography, civics, sociology, anthropology, archaeology and psychology - are rich, interrelated disciplines, each critical to the background of thoughtful citizens.
Social studies programs prepare students to identify, understand, and try to solve the challenges facing our diverse nation in an increasingly interdependent world. Education for citizenship should help students acquire and learn to use the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that will prepare them to be competent and responsible citizens.
Students do not become responsible, participating citizens automatically. Through discussions, debates, the use of authentic documents, simulations, research, and other occasions for critical thinking and decision making, students learn to address civic issues.
Meaningful social studies curriculum is structured around enduring understandings, essential questions, and important ideas. It provides opportunities for students to conduct inquiry, develop and display data, synthesize findings, and make judgments.
Social studies teaching and learning requires effective use of technology, communication, and literacy skills that add important dimensions to students’ learning.
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